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Pride Guide: 5 Reasons to Celebrate PrideFest 2014 in St. Louis This Weekend

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2. Tower Grove Pride is still going strong.

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We want to be inside you, too, Tower Grove Pride.
You don't have to go downtown to celebrate Pride. Angelo Olegna is keeping the tradition alive in Tower Grove after PrideFest moved downtown last year.

"Pride can be more of a citywide affair," Olegna tells Daily RFT. "We have a pretty substantial gay community. We don't have to concentrate everything in one spot."
In 2013 more than 1,000 revelers attended the neighborhood pride event, spending about $10,000 on local and independent artists and vendors.

See also: Tower Grove Pride: Neighborhood Group Promoting Alternative Festivities to Downtown

Tower Grove Pride, which is only on Saturday, kicks off at 9 a.m. with a picnic at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market followed by a Big Gay Block Party at South Grand and Hartford. As day turns into night, get ready for the Grand Drag show, hosted by Suzy Cydal and Mary Shino.

3. It's an historic year for gay rights in America.

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Arkansas, Oregon and Pennsylvania became the 17th, 18th and 19th states (plus Washington D.C.) to allow gay marriage just last month. Then on Wednesday, Indiana followed suit. All 31 of the other states that ban gay marriage, including Missouri, have legal challenges pending.

Even more notably, the federal appellate courts issued their first ruling on gay marriage. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed 2-1 with Utah's ruling to strike down the ban on gay marriage that voters approved in 2004.

2014 also marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which launched the gay-rights movement.

Two more reasons, on page three.


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Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I find it hilarious that Monsanto sponsors this, is everyone gonna head straight to the picket line after the parade lol.

Teresa K. M. Danieley
Teresa K. M. Danieley

We're having a kid-friendly picnic @Tower Grove Pride at the Tunica Picnic site from 10:00 am - 12 noon

Teresa K. M. Danieley
Teresa K. M. Danieley

Need an LGBTQIA friendly House of Worship? The Episcopal Church Welcomes you!!! #StJohnsTowerGrove, #TowerGrovePride

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

Boycotting this year & every year forward as long as MONSATAN is sponsoring!

Kelly Hawkins
Kelly Hawkins

Happy Pride! I don't think it's the place for children because too many people are doing adult things there, so get the kids a sitter and come have a great time! I wish it was more family friendly.

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

Tower Grove Pride was started to so we can have our own events without major corporations. It's all local indie arts and crafts vendors and small businesses, 35 this year. You should come check us out on South Grand and Hartford this Saturday!

Allison Henson
Allison Henson

I think it is a good thing to see who is supporting the LGBT community. Really want to go this year.

Dana Geister
Dana Geister

I have much love and respect for the LGBT community, but Pride has become one big corporate sponsorship. No thanks. I'll pass.

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Indoctrinating them while still young and impressionable are you ?  Are you going to shield their eyes from the "adult things" that openly go on there too as poster "Kelly Hawkins" truthfully stated ?  Been there in support role and after seeing that crap going on will never go back ! Disgusting !  

billj598
billj598 topcommenter

Thank you for your honest warning about the overt and open "adult things" that go on there.  Definitely not a "kid-friendly" place or time ! 

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